- Periwinkle (Creeping Myrtle)-Vinca minor Hardy Planting Zones- 4-8 Sun or Shade – Partial to Full Shade Mature Height - 3-6" (vines to 18" long) Mature Width- 6-18"
Vinca Minor - Vinca Minor. Also known as a "Common Periwinkle," the Vinca Minor flowering plant is native to various part of Europe and Asia. It is perennial, evergreen, and short with heights varying between 3 and 6 inches. They are useful for stabilizing soils and preventing erosion. Blooming from May to June is typical for these plants and their bloom colors are typically a mix of blue and lavender. Vinca Minors do best in moist, compost-rich soils but can also tolerate other types of soils. Planting Zones are 4 to 8, and they are best planted in partial or full shade.
Vinca Minor is a dense groundcover that produces a lovely blue flower in the Spring and Summer.
Its evergreen leaves are a deep, vibrant green color. It's not too picky about the soil it's in, but will do best with well-drained, moist soil. It's ease of cultivation and tendency to spread make it popular as a low-maintenance groundcover. Just remember that it's also difficult to get rid of. It will usually require cutting and application of chemicals to its roots to stop it from coming back.
Vinca Minor is also known as Periwinkle, Common Periwinkle, Lesser Periwinkle, Myrtle and Creeping Myrtle.
It was given the Latin name of Vinca, meaning to wind around, because its stems were used in wreath making. Minor is about its leaves, which are smaller than that of its cousin, Vinca Major. It is native to southern and central Europe. Its original range extends from the Netherlands in the north, to Portugal in the south, and east to Turkey. Today, it is cultivated in many parts of the world. It also has medicinal uses. It contains compounds that have found to be useful in the treatment of cancer and reduced blood flow. If you're looking for a groundcover that is easy to plant and care for, you should consider Vinca Minor. You will enjoy its delicate, blue flowers in Spring and Summer and its dense green foliage year round. Just be sure that you make plans to keep it from spreading too far. Vinca Minor Vine Is Known For Its Hardiness.